Roshan Ghimire is a student member of SAJA. He recently graduated from University of the District of Columbia with a degree on Mass Media.
Aamir Khan, India’s internationally acclaimed actor/director was honored last month with the American Abroad Media Award for his successful effort to create awareness on India’s social problem through popular T.V. show “Satyamay Jayate” (Truth Alone Prevails). His T.V. program has an estimated viewership of 800 million worldwide.
Giving his acceptance speech at the Mellon Auditorium in Washington D.C, Khan said, “I have no idea how the work that we started back home would interest somehow outside India.”
Launched in 2012, the Sunday morning talk show tackles India’s pressing social problems like forced abortions of unborn girls, sexual assault, alcoholism and domestic violence. Khan said, the combination of his team's expertise in social issues and the capability to transform that expertise into the visual story is the reason behind his show’s success.
“Me and my friends are trying to do this show with love, because we feel we are part of the problem, and we are also part of the solution.” said Khan. His director wife, Kiran Rao, accompanied him to last month's ceremony. Last year, Khan was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine and was later selected as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2013.
American Abroad Media (AAM) also honored Kathryn Bigelow, an Oscar winning film director and producer, last night for her stunning portrayal of characters and conflicts in her movies.
Bigelow is the director of “Hurt Locker”, a 2008 American war drama about a three-man bomb squad during the Iraq war, and “Zero Dark Thirty”, which chronicled America’s decade long man hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Bigelow is the first woman to win an Oscar for Best Director for "The Hurt Locker” in 2008.
International Center for Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC) was also honored during the event for producing an award winning documentaries on the role of non–violent resistance in promoting democratic change and justice.
Photos by Roshan Ghimire